Even with daily brushing and flossing, your smile may not be as bright now as it was 10 years ago. That’s because teeth yellow naturally as we age, and because some foods and beverages such as coffee and wine leave stains that are difficult to remove with brushing alone. If you want a brighter smile, come see us for teeth whitening at our St. John’s area practice.
Many people come to us after being disappointed by the whitening toothpastes or whitening strips found at local stores. While these products can remove some surface stains on your teeth, they rarely result in the bright smile that most adults desire. Off-the-shelf, at-home whitening kits may be a bit more effective, but many people find that using these kits causes tooth sensitivity and discomfort, and that results take longer to achieve.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening at Paradise Dental Care can give your dramatically brighter teeth within hours. Teeth whitening at our practice near St. John's begins with a complete dental exam to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy; a professional dental cleaning prior to teeth whitening will give you that wonderfully fresh feeling to go with your brighter teeth.
We’ll begin the teeth whitening by protecting your gums with a liquid rubber dam. Then we’ll carefully apply a hydrogen peroxide bleaching gel to your teeth. Depending on the whitening treatment we use for you, we may activate the bleaching agent with a high-intensity light. The gel will be left on your teeth up to about half an hour. After checking the results, we may repeat the application a few times to give you the results you’re looking for. You will see visible results immediately and see further brightening over the next few days. We may also give you a take-home kit with bleaching trays to keep your teeth bright longer.
Teeth Whitening with Veneers at Paradise Dental Care
Discolorations in the enamel – yellowing caused by thinning enamel, or darkening caused by dead pulp within the tooth – can’t be brightened with chemical whitening. In these situations, we can give your teeth a more uniform and brighter appearance with the application of porcelain veneers. If you are a smoker or if you drink coffee or tea all day, you might find your teeth look whiter longer with porcelain veneers. The veneers can also hide chipped, broken or misaligned teeth.
The application of veneers takes a little longer than chemical whitening since the veneers have to be custom-made to fit your teeth. During your appointment, we will remove a thin layer of enamel from your teeth to comfortably accommodate the additional layer of the veneer, and then bond the veneer in place. Because a little enamel is removed from the surface of the tooth, veneers are considered a non-reversible option: we can replace the veneers if they are broken or wear out, but your teeth will always need to be protected with a veneer.
Teeth whitening has become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures at the dentist’s office – and it's not surprising, since it results in a brighter, younger-looking smile. If you are seeking teeth whitening or veneers in the St. John's area to enhance your smile, we invite you to schedule an appointment at Paradise Dental Care to discuss your options.
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